Saab Gripen NG

A new version of the Gripen aircraft, the Gripen next generation (NG), has also been developed by Saab. The Gripen NG comes with several attractive features including its full interoperability with Nato, high operational tempo, a fully digital cockpit with advanced features, network connectivity with multifrequency datalink and a modern avionic mission system.


In October 2007, the Swedish government placed a contract with Saab for a Gripen demonstrator programme to develop an upgraded version of the JAS 39C. Saab has selected the GE Aviation / Volvo Aero F414G engine to power the demonstrator. The F414G has 96kN (22,000lb) thrust and will be fitted with full authority digital electronic control (FADEC). Saab Microwave Systems and Thales are developing an active electronically scanned radar (AESA) for the programme. The demonstrator, also known as Gripen NG, will be a flying testbed for further development of the Gripen and made its first flight in May 2008.


Saab and Selex Galileo reached an initial agreement for the AESA in March 2009. With high operational tempo, agility, improved sensor fusion and fully digital cockpit, the new generation aircraft will be a fully Nato interoperable multirole fighter designed for the future net-centric warfare (NCW) environment, Saab claims.


The Gripen next generation fighter aircraft made its first international debut in July 2010 at Farnborough International Air Show held in UK. Gripen NG has significantly increased combat range and endurance, increased payload and super-cruise capability.


Gripen NG offers operational dominance and flexibility with superior mission survivability. Air-to-air superiority is guaranteed with METEOR, AMRAAM, IRIS-T, AIM-9 missile capability and supercruise. Air-to-surface capability is assured through the use of the latest generation precision weapons and targeting sensors. Gripen NG’s superior situation awareness is ensured through an AESA radar, IRST passive sensor, HMD, cutting-edge avionics, next generation data processing and a state-of-the-art cockpit.


The Gripen takes it one step further by mounting the radar on a “repositioner” that allows +/-100° scan angle.  Typically, AESA radars are fixed, and “steered” virtually.  It’s simpler than it sounds.  Here is the Gripen E’s radar:

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The Gripen E’s built-in IRST is also in a more traditional location at the base of the windscreen.  This allows it to mimic the pilot’s head movement more accurately so it can project the image on the pilot’s HMD.

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Meteor Beyond-Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile, Meteor is air ramjet-powered missile with advanced seeker technology that can fly at sustained high speeds, over long ranges and with great agility to defeat air-to-air threats range 100-300 km at over Mach 4


Together with proven Network Centric Warfare capabilities including advanced data communications, dual data links, satellite communications and video links, make Gripen NG the ideal independent fighter of choice. On-board sensors, in combination with HMD/NVG, deliver the ability to detect and destroy a wide variety of targets, even at night or in poor weather conditions.



The Gripen data link system (TIDLS), along with a Link 16 or National Data Link provide the following capabilities:

  • Data link within the Tactical Air Unit
  • Data link between Gripen. AEW&C and C2 centries on ground or at sea
  • Data link with Forward Air Controller


There is no ignoring the laws of physics on this one.  The Gripen is faster and smaller.  It has superior wing loading.  Its inherently unstable, tail-heavy, delta canard layout takes full advantage of fly-by-wire flight controls.  The Gripen wants to constantly change direction, but its on-board computers keep it in check until the pilot wants it too.  If that was not enough, the Gripen comes equipped with HMD’s and just about whatever WVR missile you desire.

The Gripen’s close-coupled canards help it when flying high AoA as well.



General Electric F414 turbofan

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Material Source: Saab, Gripen for Canada and Gripen NG vs Super Hornet

Brazil is the first customer for Gripen NG for 36 aircraft: Here

See update Saab Gripen E: HERE


Brazil is the first customer for Gripen NG for 36 aircraft: Here



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